Fighting for Rights

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What the White People Had, Which the Black People didn't have

Just nearly 100 years ago after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed which gave African Americans rights, things didn't go so equal between the white people and the black people of the south. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were fighting for all rights for all races, even though they were black which restricted them from certain things. Also the people who were against the black people were James Crow, this caused a lot conflict because they didn't have equal rights.

This movement was called The African-American Civil Rights Movement which lasted from 1954-1968. The rights that black people and white people were segregated from were just outrageous. The black people were treated like 2nd or 3rd class citizens while the white people were treated like 1st class citizens. The schools were very cleaned and organized for white people , but black people had to go to schools which were crowded and dirty. Most of the high class restaurants were for white people, while black people had to eat at lower class restaurants. Same thing with the bathrooms, even with transportation the black people had to sit in the back of the transport. Even as citizens black people had no rights to vote. And the list goes on.

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The Life of Helen Keller

" The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched- they must be felt with heart." said Helen Keller. Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and campaigner for deaf and blindness charities. It all started at Tuscumbia, Alabama 1880 June 27 were Helen Keller was born. But just after 19 months after birth she lost her sight and lost hearing in result of meningitis. At age 7 she began instruction under Anne Sulvivan. Who helped her learn and communicate while she was blind and deaf. From 1900 to 1904 she graduated Radcliffe College while she was blind and deaf with the help of Sulvivan. After her college years her life completely flipped around. She fought for handicapped rights because they were treated differently from others. From 1903 to 1964 she wrote many books about her life. She also gave many speeches around the world about equal rights for all handicapped or disable people. In 1927 she met president Cooldiser. 1943 to 1957 she visited hospitals and governments around the world and made tried to make schools for the disable and handicapped people. Throughout her life she met many famous people because they were astonished at her caused. She won an Oscar award because of her movie about her life at the age of 65. Just after a year she was the first woman to receive an Honorary Degree from Harvard University. But sadly at 1964 she had a stroke which limited her abilities to do her work, and was also rewarded a Presidential Medal. 4 years later she died due to old age. To this date Helen Keller will always be remembered for fighting for equal rights for disabled people. So overall, just keep in mind that you should stop looking at what you don't have , and start looking for what you do have.
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The Girl Who Fought for Rights

" Even if i am a girl, even if people think i can't do it, i should not lose hope". -Malala Youfazi. Malala Youfazi is an children activist, and women rights activist. As a young girl, Malala defied the Taliban in Pakistan and wanted girls to receive an education. The Taliban is a fundamentalist militant terrorist group that do attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2012 the Taliban weren't so happy with her message for girls to have education, so they shot her in the head, luckily she survived. To this date her solution to this problem is to fight for women rights around the world by giving speeches and writing books. Her fighting for rights is not so easy because as a 17 year old teen who is targeted by the Taliban this is very challenging for her. She currently lives in the Birmingham, England away from the Taliban. She is the youngest person in the world to receive a Nobel Peace price at the age of 16. In her speeches she wanted girls to have an education and a bright future around the world. No matter how young you are, you should still have hope.
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Causes of the British Conquest of India

"Be the change you want to see in the world"- Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian Independence Movement. The Indian Independence Movement was movement where the British conquered India and the Indians protested against it. The Indian Independence Movement lasted from 1857 to 1947. The conquest of the British caused violence because the British had better armed forces then the protesters which resulted to violence. But Gandhi went for peace and him and other supporters fought for peace and wanted the British to leave peacefully. As the majority of India was focused on that, religion on the other hand had conflict. The Muslims and the Hindus in India wanted their own land, this resulted about 1 million casualties. It was hard for them because India was already economically unstable because of the turmoil the country was already in. The split was a peaceful split now know as Pakistan and India. The cause of the British conquest of India was that their were many protesting and violence which put the government in debt, and the split of Pakistan and India because of the turmoil the British conquest caused.Many of these similar effects have happened around the world and we should all put a stop to it and fight with words not weapons.
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Types of Modern Activism

Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Gandhi, and the list goes on are some of the many activist that fight for rights. Activism is when a person or a group of people campaign for a social change around the world or in their society. This list talks about all the standard types of modern activism that people can simply do.


You probably know this word, but you probably didn't know it is a act of activism. A volunteer is a person who joins a group to assist disadvantaged people and sometimes threatened species. A volunteer mostly works at refugee camps, local schools, medical care, and more. If you are a volunteer you are facing many opportunities in your future.

Grass root Activism

Grass root activism is where people set up a meeting or a booth at a big social event and inform others about their cause and ask them to fight with them.

Letters and Petition

Sending letters is a act of activism. You can do this by filing a complaint and sending letters to governments offices such as your town hall or the white house. A petition is where you request a change in the community by gathering people and to sign a waiver and give the waiver to the government so that they would know what the people want.


Litigation is where you fight for you cause but with the law. Most people who fight for their complaints often have attorneys and lawyers. This mostly takes place in a court house.


A Boycott is where you take people away from a conflict and inform them that the conflict is bad. For example lets say that a grocery store is harmful, so you inform people that are about to go to the store and inform them that the store is harmful and they shouldn't go their.

Selective Purchasing Ordinances

Selective Purchasing Ordinances is a type of activism where you create an organization or are partners with a major organization to fight for you social conflict.


Demonstrating is where you do protest, sleep in, strikes, marching, and things of that nature. It is kind of like going somewhere with a lot of people and create a hectic scene about you cause.

Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience is a way of fighting for rights but can be illegal and dangerous. This is very rare to see but things of this nature include riots, road blocking, vandalism across the city, hacking websites, and more unlawful things.

Works Cited

What the White People Had Which the Black People didn't Have

Com, History .. "Civil Rights Movement." A&E Television Networks, 1 June 2009 Web. 01 June 2015.

The Life of Helen Keller

"The Life of Helen Keller." - Timeline. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2015.

The Girl Who Fought for Rights

"Malala Yousafzai." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 01 June 2015.

Causes of the British Conquest of India

"Movements and Campaigns - Tactics - Boycotts." Movements and Campaigns - Tactics - Boycotts. Web. 1 June 2015.

Types of Modern Activism

"Types of Activism." Activism101. Web. 1 June 2015.